Saturday, June 4, 2011

Victory for Brazil

Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, played host to a friendly this afternoon with the Brazilian national mens team taking on Edinburgh University at the Municipal Hermínio Espósito, in Embu das Artes. Over 1,200 fans turned up for the occassion as rugby in Brazil continues its rapid growth. Moreover, the match was broadcast live on Brazilain television on Sportv 2. Brazil took a 17-0 lead at the interval following three first half tries. The first was scored by Brazil's try-scroing machine, winger Daniel Gregg in the right hand corner after chasing though a well-worked kick. Pedro Rosa scored Brazil's second try which was converted by left winger Julian. With Brazil having all the play, the team scored for a third time late in the half with Felipe Silva putting the South Amercians well ahead at the interval.

Edinburgh University's, Andy Brians hit back with two penalties early in the secondhalf to make it 17-6. Brazilian flyhalf, Lucas Duque responder in the 67th minute of play with a penalty of his own as a tired Brazilian side fought on wanting a home victory. Julian missed a simple penalty attempt in the 33rd minute as Brazil were hot on attack but unable to breach the tryline. In the 36th minute Brazil crossed the line following a linebreak and chip and chase to centre Moises Duque. With the conversion Brazil went ahead 27-6. Edinburgh University hit back almost immediately with a break from the forwards allowing Andy Brians to go over for a late try which he failed to convert. This made it 27-11 with time up on the clock but the referee played an additional five minutes of play due to injury time.

Only a decade ago a win for Brazil vs a side such as Edinburgh University would have been unthinkable. Today with the sports increasing prominance in Brazil the question is how good will the national side be in a another decade? If the IRB are serious about the global game then Rugby World Cup 2023 going to Argentina is indeed something to be supported.

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